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- Alternate Character Interpretation: Does GLaDOS truly despise Chell, or does she truly care about her but is unable or unwilling to express it?
- Breather Level: After being shot at nearly every time you turn a corner and open a door in chamber 16 you immediately have chamber 17 where the worst thing you may encounter is easily dodgeable energy blasts. And maybe regret over having to "euthanize" the companion cube.
- Cargo Ship: Chell/Companion Cube is a popular shipping pair in the fandom.
- Contested Sequel: How some fans are treating the recently-introduced sequel bridge comic "Lab Rat"; these fans believe that adding more story to the canon detracts from the original story's minimalist appeal.
- Crazy Awesome: G La DOS. Okay, make that all of Aperture.
- Creepy Awesome: GLaDOS, at least according to most of the internet.
- McLain talks about the experience of being GLaDOS (including a very sexy voice, an unexpected burst of opera singing, and a scary laugh). Have a listen to some commentary.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: Has its own page.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: These games have some of the best dark humor you'll find.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: This too.
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Yep.
- Ear Worm:
- "Still Alive", the end song, is incredibly catchy. Which is pretty par for the course, as the song is written by the great Jonathan Coulton.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- The Weighted Companion Cube. It was intended to be this to begin with in the game, but even Valve admitted they vastly underestimated the extent to which it was adopted as a fan favorite.
- The game itself was originally sold in "The Orange Box" with the much-anticipated Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Guess which one turned out to be the runaway hit and critics' darling? (Not that the other two weren't good themselves)
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: There have been some truly odd interpretations of this fairly straightforward game as, among other things, a crushing feminist assault on the masculine and misogynist games industry. See the Wild Mass Guessing page for details.
- Genius Bonus: Some people have deciphered the morse code tied to the new achievement. It appears to be GLaDOS rebooting.
- Hell Is That Noise: GLaDOS' voice.
- Human Resources The Enrichment Center is required to remind you that you will be baked, and then there will be cake.
- It Was His Sled: The cake being a lie except if it wasn't.
- Memetic Mutation: "There Will Be Cake," "The Cake Is a Lie," "Now You're Thinking With Portals," and the Weighted Companion Cube, among others. GLaDOS is officially a Fountain of Memes.
- Memetic Sex Goddess: G La DOS seems to have become this.
- More Popular Spinoff: It's hard to remember that Portal, which technically takes place in the Half Life universe, started off as a pet project ("a little lagniappe", in McLain's words) that was included as a bonus game as part of the compilation The Orange Box.
- Nightmare Fuel: These games can sometime get quite dark.
- Player Punch: We know who, when, and what caused it.
- Rule of Cool/Rule of Fun: Quantum space holes that don't cause everything to be sucked into a black hole? Springs attached to ankles (with balls at the end near the arches) that don't cause immense and unimaginable pain? A science lab somehow receiving the funding for, not just one, but multiple Portal guns? Boots that allow you to not break every bone in your body? Who the hell cares, it's fun/awesome as hell!
- Tear Jerker: These games have a couple.
- That One Level: The Advanced Test Chamber 18 will have you tearing pieces of yourself out in frustration.
- The Tetris Effect: Not only the game-fun part, but you'll find yourself wishing you had an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device for real-life transportation. And planning out the most efficient way to get from here to the fresh-produce aisle. Thinking With Portals, indeed!
- Yandere: GLaDOS' dialogue during the final boss fight seriously makes her seem more like a scorned lover than a crazed AI... of course, the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.
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